As reported by the Chicago Tribune, “Approximately 6,300 people have begun to apply for the eligibility to obtain medical marijuana in the state of Illinois.” A majority of those folks are applying to deal with cancer, severe fibromyalgia, and MS. To qualify for the medical marijuana, patients have to obtain a certification from their treating doctor. A list of three-dozen medical conditions are currently in play for those wanting a marijuana script. However, “pain,” the most common cited condition in other states (such as Colorado) is not an option for Illinois patients.
About 800 people in Illinois have completed their applications and more than 5,000 have begun the online process. According to the Health Department, most are pending the doctor certification or the criminal background check by the state police. To date, approximately two dozen letters notifying patients about the status of their application have been sent. Most have been approved, but cases of rejection have also been made.
There are many avenues in which to extract the helpful properties of marijuana. For people dealing with illnesses, it’s about being as comfortable as possible. It’s about managing and living life with the best available options. If there is a natural substance that can provide that pain management, there is no reason it should be kept from those suffering.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta wrote a popular article, “Why I changed my mind on weed” in which he actually apologizes for his previous anti-weed stance because he admits he didn’t “look hard enough, until now.” When it comes to MS, he specifically notes that medical marijuana can help with the tremors. Further, he notes, “I think people should know that cannabis is being used as a legitimate medication in hospitals all over the world. In fact, a medication for MS that is cannabis based is now approved in 25 countries around the world, but not the United States.”
The stigma for medical marijuana is beginning to melt away and we as prospective patients should do all we can to help make this very real alternative a reality. Not only for us, but those folks who have yet to be diagnosed.
Have you tried medical marijuana? Does it help your MS? Would you be more likely to try if it was legal? I would love to hear your thoughts.
Jeremy Reed is a big man, with a big heart. He has a knack for finding the funny in almost any situation, even when it’s not necessarily appropriate. He is constantly striving to keep the atmosphere light hearted and focused on making people as successful as they possibly can be. His goal is to entertain his readers with a simplistic view of the world. Read his blog Whistling While we Work.